Hi beauties! Yes, I mean you too, men.
So recently I was invited to be an expert guest panelist at an event. And like any event, when I go there, I take the time and effort to get to know the people. To make sure that when I'm speaking, I'm making my content really, really relevant.
And this was the environment I haven't been in, in a long time. It was a very corporate environment. There were men there in suits and women there in similar attire as well. And it was a great bunch of people. The topics were around pitching, getting clients, how to market yourself, how to brand yourself and how to grow your business as an independent contractor. And so, when it was my turn to get up there and take the panel, I was sitting in the middle of two men and again, for the most part, came from very corporate background which was fine. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that. It was just new to me. I feel like I have been in a little bit of a bubble of the past couple of years in my business, working with very -- very purpose driven entrepreneurs, solo-entrepreneurs and small business owners. I haven't been in a corporate environment for a long time.
It was great to be there and see the thriving world of corporations and agencies, and so on and so forth and really connect with the conversations that are happening in that world as well. So, when the question was asked to me and the panel around the best way to pitch your services, that was my moment to really reflect and answer that question in the way that was in line with what my beliefs were. And for those of you that don't know, I've declared this year, 2017 as the year of speaking my truth and it was really important even in this environment that to live up to that. So, when that question was posed around pitching -- the best way to pitch, I looked out to the audience and I said, you know, I really don't believe in pitching. I believe that when we present ourselves, it's about coming from a place of service. It's really understanding and listening and taking the time to those that you're connecting with; to understand what they want and then from there, you're building up a connection and deeper communication.
Now, I really didn't know how this kind of answer was going to be received in this particular environment. And to my great joy, it was received very well and it opened up the conversation in ways that I don't think would be opened up if I hadn't spoken my truth. It led the conversation to speaking about more connection and when questions were asked about marketing and social media and how to make contact beyond just a business card, it allowed us to talk more about being of service.
You may know that I am very big on community. So when these people were talking about how to engage on social media, I brought it back to the core basics of starting with community. If someone is engaging with you online, it is exactly like someone's speaking to you when they are standing in front of you, so make sure you're connecting and engaging with them. And again, it opened up the forum for more heartfelt, soulful-led conversation.
When my bio was read -- (if you haven't read it, it is on my website) talks about branding from the inside-out, thoughts become things and soul-branding, which in a corporate environment might seem a little bit woo-woo for some. It was really great to just stand in that presence and continue practicing speaking my truth. The reason I'm telling you this is because when you speak your truth, when you're really clear on your message and you stand in that no matter where you are and you're connecting from a more high vibrational energy, it's amazing how you can shift a room. It's amazing how you can shift one person and many people in an environment where, it may not otherwise be what you would perceive as being well-received. So, always, always please speak your truth. Speak what means the most to you. Don't alter your truth, no matter where you are. I wanted to leave you with that message today, because by me doing exactly that, I learned a lot. It gave me the strength and conviction and the authority to move with what I believe.
Speak your truth, always.